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CONCERT REVIEW: UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell and Astro – ‘A Real Labour Of Love’ – 40th Anniversary Tour – Nairobi

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They’re arguably one of Birmingham’s biggest exports – and last night it was clearly A Labour of Love when UB40 put on a tremendous show in Nairobi graced by President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga.

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Pulling into the Carnivore grounds on Saturday night to an uplifted and inspired group of concertgoers and reggae lovers cutting across generations was the perfect way to kick off the weekend and start February, the month of love with a bang!

Kenya’s reggae crooner, Lavosti is quick to meet us up. He just left the stage and we are so bummed for missing his set. With the music breather, the crowd springs to its feet once more, singing and dancing from the moment the music begins as we anticipate the headliners.

There is something about this great energy, from the crowd, that makes for a superb atmosphere and without a doubt the most memorable evening.

While the threat of rain existed, the showers of blessing were not holding anyone back from attending this historical moment. UB40 with Ali Campbell and Astro brought the people of Nairobi exactly what they needed–some celebration of the real labour of love!

“UB40’s number one fan is in the building,” beamed the celebrated media personality host, Jeff Koinange. “Mr. President, we are going back 40 years in time. Nairobi, are you ready?”

An outstanding evening of excellence and effortless perfection awaited us once the band decked on the dark stage, full of energy and ready to kick-start the show.

The band which includes a brilliant horn section covering every inch of the stage are first to take the stage with Ali Campbell and Astro greeting the crowds. The lights come on and the show, the party kicks off and the crowd is once again on their feet.

The band finds its connection with the full voice sing-along audience, encouraging singing, clapping and dancing. Those who came to hear the band’s most recognized songs got what they wanted. For the younger generation, the sense of satisfaction from the music is overwhelming. Astro’s mic issues rectified, the emotions and beautiful harmonies, coupled with the hit after hit delivery proves a point. 40 years on and they still got it.

Ali Campbell’s quick switches from singing on the mic to taking the background and rocking his guitar is quite incredible. He leaves Castro bouncing up-front and strutting about from one edge of the stage to the other.

One of the highlights of the night was when the band honoured the legendary Eric Donaldson with “Cherry Oh Baby.” Ali’s vocals on the magnificent “Fijian Sunset” love song remains etched in our minds. Hits like “Bring Me Your Cup,” “Red Red Wine” and “The Way You Do the Things You Do”remain some of the best sing-along from concertgoers we have seen in a long time.

Their stage exit is abrupt. There was no goodbye – only this statement from Astro:”Nairobi you have been beautiful. Thank you.” The crowd continues to thunder,”Red-Red-Wine!” They make a return on stage to a thunderous  applause and take the party tempo a notch higher with their classic, “Kingston Town.”

“Until we meet again Nairobi, peace!” Astro waves as he exits the stage, followed by Ali, who had stayed on a few seconds playing his guitar.

The remaining band, with the horn section now pulling forward, maintain the tempo with the crowd hailing them up!
DJ D-Lite is ready to take us to the after-party and we are super irie!

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Singer Gabriel K drops 17 track “Love Ocean” album

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Gabriel K has dropped his second album in less than two years. Love Ocean” is a 17 track album. It was released and made available on all online platforms on March 1st, 2020.

This is clearly an amazing feat seeing as he released his debut 16 track album “Done Waiting” in May of 2019.

This then brings his total collection of songs to 33.

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Zzina awards announce 2020 nomination

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The official celebration of Ugandan art and talent….. ZZINA AWARDS is back again for the 7th consecutive season under the theme “For the Love of Ugandan Music.”

Following a whole month online nominations by the Bazzinyi, tonight we officially unveil the full list of contenders for this year’s awards which Mark’s the beginning of the voting process set to be conducted solely on our website www.galaxyfm.co.ug

On this beautiful night we are also pleased to welcome on board 3 great partners in telecom giants MTN Uganda, cosmetics gurus Movit plus betting powerhouse Kagwirawo.

These noble partners joining the winning team gives us more confidence to continue our project of uplifting, promoting and nurturing Ugandan talent to the highest of levels.

Attached the full list of all nominees under 20 categories.

It should however be noted that 2 of the 18 categories are not up for voting and the winners are determined by a select committee of experts. These include;

1. Legend Award.

2. Sports Personality of the Year Award.

Song Of The Year

• Gutujja – B2C & Rema

• Chikibombe – Levixone

• Omusheshe – Ray G & Spice Diana

• Parte After Parte – Bigtril

• Bango – Rickman Manrick

• Sikikukweka – Daddy Andre

• Semyekozo – Eddy Kenzo

• Do Dat – John Blaq

Artist Of The Year

• Spice Diana

• Fik Fameica

• Eddy Kenzo

• John Blaq

• Daddy Andre

• Rema

Best Female Artist

• Vinka

• Sheebah

• Winnie Nwagi

• Karole Kasita

• Rema

• Spice Diana

• Cindy

Best Male Artist

• Fik Fameica

• Eddy Kenzo

• John Blaq

• B2C

• Daddy Andre

• Bigtril

• Feffe Bussi

Best Producer

• Nessim

• Daddy Andre

• Artin

• Diggy Bauer

• Ronnie

• Bomba

• Rinex

• T.O.N

Best Fans Team

• Sheebaholics

• Team Eddy Kenzo

• Fresh Gang

• Spice Gadgets

• 100% Chameleone

• B2C Soldiers

• Rema Diehards

Best Lugaflow/Rap Song

• Bambi – Fresh Kid

• Parte After Parte – Bigtril

• Bomboclat – Ykee Benda Ft. Bigtril, Santana, Feffe Bussi, Navio, Don MC & Enef

• Sima – VIP Jemo

• Bango – Rickman Manrick

• Cheating – Recho Rey

• Wulila Ebaala – Suspekt Leizor

• Baagala Feffe – Feffe Bussi

• Naye Tunyumirwe – Rickman Manrick

Best Luga Flow/Rap Artist

• VIP Jemo

• Suspekt Leizor

• Bigtril

• Fresh Kid

• Recho Rey

• Fik Fameica

• Rickman Manrick

• Feffe Bussi

Best Dancehall Song

• Yaka – Karole Kasiita

• Boom Party – Cindy

• Sikikukweka – Daddy Andre

• Tebimala – Vyper Ranking & Cindy

• Do Dat – John Blaq

• Sikyo – Kapa Cat

• Jangu Ondabe – Spice Diana

• Copy Cat – Cindy

Best Dancehall Artist

• Cindy

• Daddy Andre

• Vyper Ranking

• Karole Kasiita

• Vinka

• John Blaq

• Beenie Gunter

• Kapa Cat

Breakthrough Artist

• Kapa Cat

• Grenade Official

• Fresh Kid

• VIP Jemo

• Suspekt Leizor

Best Contemporary Urban Song

• Anjagala – Maro

• Gutujja – B2C & Rema

• Squeeze – Voltage Music & Fille

• No Lettin Go – Beenie Gunter & Lydia Jazmine

• Amaaso (Remix) – Winnie Nwagi, Vinka, Feffe Bussi, The Myth & DJ Harold

• Falling For You – Allan Toniks & Fille

• Jangu – Winnie Nwagi

• Kyosaba – Chosen Becky

Best Contemporary Urban Artist

• King Saha

• Daddy Andre

• Spice Diana

• Lydia Jazmine

• Rema

• Winnie Nwagi

• Fille

• Allan Toniks

Best Afro Beat Song

• Nkuloga – Grenade Official

• Enyanda – Sheebah

• Love Yoo – Feffe Bussi

• Ekilo Munzikiza – Pallaso

• Tell Me – Fik Fameica

• Semyekozo – Eddy Kenzo

• Sunday – DJ Slick Stuart, DJ Roja Ft. Allan Toniks

• Omusheshe – Ray G & Spice Diana

• Hana (Remix) – Pallaso & Jose Chameleone

• Signal – Eddy Kenzo

Best Collaboration

• Gutujja – B2C & Rema

• Amaaso (Remix) – Winnie Nwagi, Vinka, Feffe Bussi, The Myth & DJ Harold

• Telemundo – Voltage Music & Chosen Becky

• Omusheshe – Ray G & Spice Diana

• Squeeze – Voltage Music & Fille

• Don’t Stop – Daddy Andre & John Blaq

• Omu Bwati – Fik Fameica & Patoranking

• Yitayo – Chosen Blood & Winnie Nwagi

• Replace Me(Remix) – Grenade Official, John Blaq, Sheebah

• Hana (Remix) – Pallaso & Jose Chameleone

Best Song Writer

• Dokta Brain

• Producer Ronnie

• Daddy Andre

• Sheena Skies

• Yesse Oman Rafiki

Best Comedian

• Mighty Family

• Maulana & Reighn

• Mariachi

• Bizonto

• Madrat & Chiko

• Teacher Mpamire

• Salvado

Best Inspirational Song

• Bikyuuka – Eddy Kenzo

• Ensi – David Lutalo

• Bambi – Fresh Kid

• Topowa – Suspekt Leizor

• Mama – Vivian Tendo

• Ndikuwaki – Pallaso

• Ebizibu – Ziza Bafana

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Hymn Experience to bring christians together on Good Friday

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Christians of different denominations will come together to celebrate Hymn music on GoodFriday in a Christian event dubbed The Hymn Experience. The show that will beheld at Kampala Serena Hotel is organized by Masrob Events and the idea was championed by Hymn Singer Julian Nakato also known as Nakie Julian. Accordingto Nakie, gospel events have not seen success and have not been fully supported over the years. “I sat down in 2014 and thought of how to change the mindset of those who attend gospel concerts and thought about something fresh” Nakie says. She goes on to say that the Hymn Experience is an idea he got because Hymnsongs are forgotten but loved by many church goers. This year’s theme will be Bring Back The Choir and different choirs from different churches will come together to perform for the crowd at Kampala Serena Hotel. Among the notable performers who will be on stage alongside Nakie Julian will include calvary Cross Choir, Golden GateChoir, All Saints Choir, and Jehovah Shalom which is an Acapella outfit. Singer Levixone will also perform alongside Ezekiel and Esther, the youngsters who recently won the East Africa has got talent music competitions. The only difference is that these singers will not perform their songs but will perform together with church choirs and they will perform Hymns.

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Talent Africa’s Sam Lamara aka Samurae shines at the MTN Hip Hop Awards

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For over a decade, the name Samurae has echoed through the corridors of the Hip Hop fraternity as he has been producing and engineering urban music under Talent Africa Studios. His real name is Sam Lamara and has worked with some of biggest brands that have driven the UG HipHop industry including Klear Kut, Navio, The Mith, Tucker HD, Play 01, Flex D Paper, Byg Ben, Keko, GNL and so  many more. Whether he is producing the track or recording, mixing & mastering, its no secret that what Sam touches comes out a master piece. His prowess with instruments & ear for great beats have earned him his place among the most respected music producers in the country right now.  Last Friday at the MTN Hip Hop Awards Samurae was awarded the accolade of the Producer of the Year.

Another product of Talent Africa is hip hop artist Tucker HD who won Album of the Year for his album titled “Vroom” which was recorded, mixed and mastered and executive produced by Samurae at Talent Africa Studios. Tucker HD now a solo artist was signed to Talent Africa in 2012 through a talent search that formed the musical group called AirporTaxi.

The Collaboration of the Year was “UG’s Most Wanted” which featured Byg Ben, Tucker HD, Tushi Polo, Play 01 and J Watts. The project was produced by Josh B and engineered, recorded, mixed and mastered at Talent Africa Studios. 

The Inspirational Song of the Year was “Amen” by The Mith Ft Mal-X. The track was produced by Kozneffekt and also engineered, recorded, mixed and mastered by Samurae at Talent Africa Studios.  

The Rap Fusion of the Year was a “Giddem” a collaboration by Big Tril and Talent Africa’s dancehall sensation Beenie Gunter. 

Talent Africa’s CEO Aly Allibhai states “Talent Africa has always been a strong supporter of Ugandan hip hop music and culture and it very nice to see that our projects and talents are being rewarded for their hard work and dedication. We are also set to open our brand new state of the art studio premises in Kololo where we will be offering 360 degree content creation services with a brand new audio studio, video studio, editing suite, live music production and a music school. The new studios will be re-branded under the name TAG Studios.”

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